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3 out of 4 women may develop knee pain
Anjali Marar | Wednesday, 11 January 2017 AT 11:18 PM IST
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Pune: Nearly 75 per cent of Indian women are prone to developing knee pain or osteoarthritis, for which the only available solution is the knee replacement.

Alarmingly, 17.5 per cent of the elderly population, including those in India, is vulnerable to developing this form of arthritis.

“Indian women have been found to have poor dietary habits. Hence, most women develop acute pain in the knee joint after menopause. This number accounts for nearly 75 per cent of total patients consulting for osteoarthritis,” said Dr Narendra Vaidya, chief joint replacement surgeon at Lokmanya Hospital in the city.

He was talking on the sidelines of the launch of India’s first robot-assisted knee replacement surgery services.

According to Dr Vaidya, the most worrying fact is more youngsters being diagnosed with arthritis, with a sharp upward trend of 20 to 25 per cent more young persons developing ache in their knees in the last five years. Some of the key reasons for this trend, Dr Vaidya said were, “Sedentary lifestyle with very little physical activity or exercise when coupled with poor dietary habits and non-exposure to sunlight has forced persons to experience pain in their knee at much younger age,” he added.

Robotic-aided technology in this field, which was first tried in the US, is merely five years old. So far, nearly 10 people have benefited from this technologically driven method of knee surgery.  

The biggest advancement of this technology, according to experts, as opposed to the traditional way of undergoing knee replacement surgery, is the focused approach using the tool where no bone or ligament is replaced.

“Using this procedure, only the damaged part of the knee is repaired leaving the other parts of the knee untouched. This also makes the healing period shorter,” informed Dr Vaidya.

The experts have also assured that there is not much of a cost variation in this technologically-driven surgery method, which they claim to enable the patient to walk swiftly.


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